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Handout F: Constitutional Principles and Essential Virtues

Constitutional Principles and Essential Virtues

Directions: Use these checklists in your discussion of the examples of labor strife in this lesson. In what ways are the principles and virtues demonstrated? In what aspects of the events are they decidedly absent?

(Checklists in PDF)


  1. How productive are forms of violence, such as bomb-throwing, in achieving beneficial ends related to social and economic reform? Based on your study of these events, what tips do you recommend to reformers desiring to carry out beneficial social and economic change within a constitutional republic characterized by limited government and respect for individual rights?
  2. Discuss the relative duties of a free and responsible press and a vigilant and rational public in understanding current events to make wise decisions about public affairs.